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Why Linux is a perfect fit for charities and non-profits

Feb 03, 2011, 14:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"Linux and charity go hand in hand. From cost savings to reliable computing environments, Linux fundamentally belongs in non-profits. Jack Wallen champions the cause of providing Linux solutions to organizations in need.

"I have a friend who works for an art therapy institute that is run by the city I live in. That foundation has taken donations for quite some time, is (obviously) not for profit, and all of their computers are Linux computers. Why? It doesn't hurt that their sole IT staff member is a big Linux fan (and understands how the FOSS operating system can help the organization in more ways than just budgetary). But after chatting with this friend for a while about his job, I understand very clearly how Linux and open source can really benefit charities and non-profit organizations.

"It all begins with cost. Okay, yes Microsoft will give their operating system away once you've taken the time to prove you are who you are and you meet the right status (according to their guidelines). But once you get beyond the operating system, you then have to consider all of the other applications that must be put in place:"

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